US terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling

US ordered to lift sanctions on 'humanitarian' goods

US ordered to lift sanctions on 'humanitarian' goods

The move to end the treaty comes after the United Nations' top court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on "humanitarian" goods to Iran that Mr. Trump re-imposed after pulling out of the nuclear pact.

Earlier in the day, Iran welcomed the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) ruling, stating that "the decision proved once again that the Islamic Republic is right and the USA sanctions against the people and citizens of our country are illegal and cruel".

The court unanimously said that the U.S. must remove trade sanctions on medicines and medical devices, foodstuffs and agricultural commodities, spare part and equipments necessary for the safety of civil aviation.

Iran alleges that the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration after its withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran violated the so-called Treaty of Amity.

"Iran is the origin of the current threat to Americans in Iraq", Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

The treaty was signed when the US and Iran were still allies following the 1953 revolution - fomented by Britain and the USA - that ultimately cemented the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

"This marked a useful point for us to demonstrate the absolute absurdity" of the treaty.

US ordered to lift sanctions on 'humanitarian' goods

At the General Assembly last week, Trump said that "the United States will provide no support in recognition to the International Criminal Court".

The court said assurances offered by Washington to ensure sanctions do not affect humanitarian conditions were "not adequate".

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that the EU's proposed mechanism to pay Tehran the revenues from oil sales was not "an oil for food program".

The International Court of Justice unanimously ruled that Washington "shall remove by means of its choosing any impediments arising from the measures announced on May 8 to the free exportation to Iran of medicines and medical devices, food and agricultural commodities" as well as airplane parts, said judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf. Iran had alleged that the sanctions breach the 1955 bilateral agreement known as the Treaty of Amity, from when the two countries had good relations, that regulates and promotes economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries.

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting with Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis in Bern, Switzerland, July 2, 2018. He also said that there are existing exemptions for humanitarians purposes in the sanctions regime.

He anticipated U.S. President Donald Trump would soon meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to negotiate a return to the nuclear deal authored by the Obama administration. "Imperative for int'l community to collectively counter malign USA unilateralism", Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. A more punishing round of sanctions against Iran's oil and financial sectors is scheduled to take effect November 4, and the United States is warning allies they could face secondary sanctions if they continue to do business with Iran.

"Having negotiated that deal and having been involved in this process for a very long time, I can assure President Trump that the US will not get a better deal", Zarif said.

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